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The Amazing Race

It’s time for Tuesday’s Game of the Week. While I almost exclusively share group or up front games, we are going to devote the rest of this week to game events that  you can fill up your calendar with for 2013. We start with one of my favorites, The Amazing Race!

If you’ve never seen the show, the basic premise revolves around teams racing against one another all over the world. The race consists mainly of CLUES (aka Route Info), DETOURS (teams choose between one of the two tasks listed), & ROAD BLOCKS (a task that only one team member can perform). In the television show, they race to a Pit Stop at the end of each leg, with three teams competing in the finale.

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Today is Tuesday, which means it is time for Tuesday’s Game of the Week! This week’s game is entitled, NAME THAT NERD.

Under most circumstances, I simply explain a game to you, but today is your lucky day because I’m giving you this one!

If you would like to use this game directly from PowerPoint, click: Name That Nerd PowerPoint Game, go to “save as” and then open up PPT on your computer. Once you’ve done so, go to “open” under the “file” tab and select “name-that-nerd1.pptx”. That should do the trick! (If you can’t get the file, you can email me at studentministrygames@yahoo.com and I will send you the file)

Once you have the file open, you can play one of two ways:

1. Let students guess as individuals just for fun. You won’t need to keep track for this.

2. Divide your group into groups or sections and have them work together as a team. If you decide to go this route, keep in mind that there is a tie-breaker at the end that you may need to use. This question is not only about answering correctly, but it is also about speed. The first team to answer correctly wins!

This is one of the games taken from our Nerd Night, in which we played a few fun games, had students dress up like nerds and shared a message centered on salvation with all the students. I have to say that our students got really into this. We still have some of the pictures from the night hanging in our youth room at church.

So embrace your inner (or outer) nerd and get ready to have a good laugh with this quick and easy game you can integrate into this week’s youth meeting. Good luck and let me know how it goes!!

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Welcome to the Monday Minute, where we keep it short and pithy. That’s right, the average person can read about 400 words per minute, so we each Monday, you can expect to see less than that.

Today’s Monday Minute is all about the purpose of games. When playing a game, make sure you know why you are playing. In my view, games serve one of three purposes: to have fun, to teach a point or to develop relationships through teamwork. Let’s quickly break each of them down.

1. Games To Have Fun

In my opinion, these games are essential. If you do a game every week, then it is fine to mix in a game that illustrates a point. On the other hand, don’t lose sight of the fact that many students are stressed and it is nice for them to have a place where they can just have some fun.

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Happy Saturday! We hope that you had a great Thanksgiving weekend with your friends and family. Today’s game is, BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER. This is one of those games that is guaranteed to get a ton of laughs!

PREP TIME – 5-10 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED – 4 Sets of Make-Up (blush, eyeliner, lipstick, etc.), 4 Chairs

GAME TIME – 2-3 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS – 12 (4 Teams- Each Team has 2 Girls & 1 Guy)

INSTRUCTIONS

You will need to have 4 chairs set up in front of the room. Ask for 4 guy volunteers and have them sit in the chair facing the audience (put the chairs on a platform if possible so people can see).

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Each and every Wednesday we will be sharing with you some sort of wild (and usually messy!) game. Last week we introduced you to MELON MADNESS. This Wednesday’s game is simply entitled, DUEL.

PREP TIME – 10-20 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED – 2 Medium-Sized Squirt Guns, 2 Alka-Seltzer Tablets, 2 Popsicle Sticks, 2 Pairs of Goggles, Velcro

GAME TIME – 2 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS – 2 People (though you could reciprocate and add more players)

INSTRUCTIONS

Before you start the game, you’ll need to get the materials listed above and be ready for a little assembly. The goal of the game is to have two participants go Old West Style against each other in a good ole’ gun fight… squirt guns that is.

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Honestly, when you’re talking about bang for your buck, this is one of the best! Today’s game is POP IT!

PREP TIME  1 Minute

ITEMS NEEDED – 6 Latex Surgical Gloves

GAME TIME – 2-3 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS – 6 (more if you would like)

INSTRUCTIONS

You have probably seen someone do this before just for kicks, but why not turn it into a game. All you have to do is put a surgical glove over the heads of the contestants. Pull it down until it covers their nose (at no time should you cover their mouth and nose!!!) and wait until everyone is ready.

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